In this special window washing guide, we’re discussing the pros and cons of high rise window cleaning. In Part 1, we compared the high earning potential of this industry with the high startup costs you may face at work. We also looked at the amount of competition you may encounter for work in comparison to the experience needed to get started. In this section of the guide, we will go over even more factors to consider so you can determine if high rise window cleaning is right for you.
As a high rise window cleaner, you’ll be able to skip the slow winter months that many residential cleaners face. High rise apartment complexes, businesses, and condos are typically run by affluent clients who are willing to pay top-dollar to keep their buildings looking great all year long. If you are worried about not having work when the temperatures drop, you won’t have that concern with skyscraper window cleaning.
For some people, having to work all throughout the year is actually considered a negative. If you enjoy having a built-in break during the winter for family vacations and peaceful relaxation, high rise cleaning is not for you. Even if you like the idea of working throughout the year, you have to remember that you’ll be working in the bitter cold of the winter and the extreme heat of the summer. You have to decide if you want to put yourself through that year after year.
High rise window cleaners get a bird’s eye view of the city every day they go to work. This won’t be a “pro” for you if you have a fear of heights, but it will be if you enjoy feeling like you’re on top of the world. In some cases, the views alone are what keep high rise window cleaners committed to their work day in and day out.
This, by far, is the biggest concern that people have when they start a window cleaning business for high rises. Working up high is wonderful in terms of the views, but it’s not so great when you consider the fall you may take on the job. Thankfully, the strict (and costly) safety regulations that most states and cities set for window cleaners minimize the fall risk considerably. The death rate for this job is surprisingly low. You may only see one or two cases a year throughout the country, and it’s usually the result of improper safety practices. If you invest in good equipment and maintain a high level of caution, you should not have much to worry about with regards to falling and injury.
Weigh out the pros and cons of high rise window cleaning for yourself and see if this is the right line of work for you. If you live in a large enough city to support this type of work, you may find a lucrative opportunity you never thought possible.